14-year-old singer/songwriter Hailey Benedict has been eagerly awaiting her big break. Two days before seeing one of her favorite stars– country musician Keith Urban– in concert, Hailey posted a video to her Facebook page with the following caption:
“I’ll be heading to the new ROGERS PLACE stadium to see Keith perform on Friday! I’m beyond excited for this and would LOVE if you could help SHARE my video and TAG Keith in the hopes that he might see it in time for his concert!”
Keith didn’t see the cover before his concert like Hailey had hoped… Instead, something happened that completely shocked and went beyond what Hailey could’ve ever imagined.
As Keith performed his concert, he looked out into the crowd and saw two young girls holding sparkly paper guitars in the audience. For whatever reason, he felt compelled to pull the young sisters up onstage. Those two girls turned out to be Hailey and her sister McKenna.
“What do you want to do?” Keith asked Hailey. “What’s the dream job in life?”
“Be a singer/songwriter.” says Hailey. Keith’s response made Hailey’s jaw drop: “Okay, let’s get a guitar.”
Keith quickly fetches a guitar, stool, and mic stand for the young teen– and even helps her tune! It’s absolutely adorable as Urban stands behind Hailey– giving her the full spotlight– when she starts to play.
Not only does Hailey play beautifully, but she sings an original song! The audience went absolutely wild.
Hailey wrote about the experience in the following Facebook status:
All I can say is what a night. Never, ever in my wildest dreams would I have ever expected this to happen. I am absolutely overwhelmed with everyone’s support, gratitude and love. Last night was the very best night of my life. I have always dreamed what it would be like to perform in front of a huge crowd singing my very own song and last night that dream came true in the biggest way possible. Keith Urban pulled my sister and I up on stage and he gave me the chance to sing my own song at the brand new ROGERS PLACE in front of more than 20,000 people!!! THANK YOU so much Keith for giving me this amazing opportunity for myself and my sister. And thank you so much for the personal shoutout on all of your media pages too! This is overwhelming, but it honestly means the world to me. I am still in complete shock. I am sure it will take some time to soak this all in and even respond to people, but I just want everyone to know that I am so thankful and appreciative of all your support and love!!! This is the very best day of my life! Thank you Keith Urban! You made my dreams come true last night and I will never, ever forget it!!! I LOVE YOU!!!
Keith Urban himself posted the video of Hailey’s performance, saying “I wanna say a HUGE THANK U to Hailey Benedict who blew us away tonite!!!!”
Hailey’s mom commented, echoing Hailey’s excitement: “HOLY COW!!!!!! This is insane!!!!” she wrote. “I am seriously dying and in shock seeing this as we drive home from one of the single best nights of our lives!!! Keith Urban… You are such an inspiration to my girl as an aspiring singer/songrwriter… My girls came back to their seats in the happiest tears. I will never forget this as long as I life. You have not only made their night, but have made one of Hailey’s dreams come true… THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF THIS MAMA’S HEART!!! YOU ROCK!!!!!”
Watch the heartwarming moment below.
Share Keith’s kindness and Hailey’s talent today!
EDMONTON – firstly, u guys were INSANE FUN!!! And what a phenomenal venue – ROGERS PLACE is officially BROKEN IN! And I wanna say a HUGE THANK U to Hailey Benedict who blew us away tonite!!!!! I LOVE YOU ALL – KU
Posted by Keith Urban on Friday, September 16, 2016
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